Plane In Quarantine At JFK Airport After 10 Passengers Fall Seriously Ill

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An Emirates plane at JFK airport is in quarantine after 10 of the passengers on board have fallen seriously ill. 

The flight landed at the New York based airport from Dubai, with 500 people on board. Rather than heading for a terminal, the plane was directed to a hard stand area, where authorities could tend to those who were ill.

According to a spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio, the flight briefly stopped in Mecca, which is currently experiencing a flu outbreak.

Authorities have suggested this may what has caused some of the passengers to suffer.

Emirates released a statement about the situation on Twitter, which read:

Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on #EK203 from Dubai to New York were taken ill. On arrival, as a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities. All others will disembark shortly. The safety & care of our customers is our first priority.

Those who fell ill were ‘immediately checked by local health authorities’, with the Emirates flight crew loaded on to ambulances at the scene.

CBS report that three passengers have been transported to hospital.

The Centres for Disease Control met the plane at JFK, and explained in a statement that they were aware of passengers who reported an “unspecified illness”, and were working with local authorities to investigate.

Some of those on board have been sharing videos of the situation:

More to follow…